The Wiz

June 19 – 25

First Muny Production in 36 years!

Based on L. Frank Baum’s nostalgic classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Wiz is considered a feel-good favorite sparkling with heart-pounding soul, unforgettable gospel and infectious rock rhythms. Grammy Award-winner for Best Cast Show Album, and ranked as one of the highest watched live television musicals, this reimagined familiar favorite will have you ready to “Ease on Down the Road” to meet The Wiz for yourself!

Shows start at 8:15 p.m. CST.

Run time: 2:16 including intermission (estimate)

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 Ticket Prices Season* Single Season Savings
 Center Boxes (C-6) $707 $100 N/A
 Side Boxes (7-10) $616 $100 12%
 Terrace A (A-M) $469 $77 13%
 Terrace A (N-Y) $343 $60 18%
 Terrace B (A-M) $238 $46 26%
 Terrace B (N-Y) $112 $31 48%
 Terrace C $77 $15 26%
* Season Ticket prices include $7 service fee.



Muny debut! Off Broadway: Jasper In Deadland, (Ammut, Prospect Theater Company). National tour: Hair (Dionne, second national tour). Regional: Ragtime (Sarah, 5th Avenue Theatre and Asolo Rep), Darling Grenadine (Goodspeed Opera House), The Trip To Bountiful (Thelma, Capital Repertory Theatre), Beehive (Tina/Aretha, Flat Rock Playhouse), A Night With Janis Joplin (Blues Singer, Capital Repertory Theatre and Barter Theatre). NY: Broadwaycon 2016, Hair (Dionne, Patchogue Theatre), The Wiz (Dorothy) and Ain’t Misbehavin’, (Charlayne, Harlem Repertory Theatre); A Time To Love, (Aisha, National Black Theatre). Danyel received Audelco nominations for Outstanding Female Performance in a Musical for her performances as Dorothy, Charlayne, and Aisha and BroadwayWorld’s Critic’s Choice for Sarah at 5th Avenue Theatre.

NESSA (Toto)

is a funny, energetic little girl, rescued by Bill Berloni in 2014 from Cairn Terrier Rescue USA. She has been starring as Toto in productions of The Wiz and The Wizard of Oz all over the country and hopes to follow in the footsteps of the great cairn terriers trained by Bill Berloni before her, entertaining young and old in this classic story.


can currently be seen as Bernard in the FOX comedy hit LA to Vegas. Film credits include: Zoolander, Zoolander 2, Sweet Home Alabama and Hitch. On the small screen, he has been seen in The Comeback, and had guest starring roles on Scrubs, Absolutely Fabulous and Law & Order SVU. His stage appearances include the original Broadway casts of The Wild Party and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Mr. Graham recently received a 2017 Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for The View Upstairs. In 2016, he received the IRNE award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for The Colored Museum. Graham also received a Drama League nomination for the role of Rey-Rey in the off-Broadway production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Wig Out! In 2005, he earned the Best Classical Album Grammy Award for Songs of Innocence and of Experience as a soloist. Nathan Lee Graham is a graduate of Webster University Conservatory in St. Louis, MO.

JARED GRIMES (Scarecrow)

Broadway credits include: After Midnight (Tap Mathematician), Holler If Ya Hear Me (Associate Choreography). Off-Broadway credits include: Radio City New York Spring Spectacular (Marshall), Cotton Club ParadeGentlemen Prefer Blondes (Himself), Cirque du Soleil’s Banana Shpeel (Choreography). Regional credits include: Jelly’s Last Jam (Choreography, Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Award for Best Choreography of a Musical), 42nd Street (Choreography, Drury Lane Theatre), Babes In Arms (Ivor, Goodspeed), Stormy Weather (Avon Long, Prince Music Theater) and Twist (Roosevelt King, Pasadena Playhouse/Alliance). Film/TV credits include: Breaking Brooklyn (Choreography), The Marc Pease ExperienceFirst Born, Boardwalk Empire (Grover), Fringe, 30 Seconds to Fame, Star SearchShowtime at The Apollo and Dance Fever. Concert credits include: Mariah Carey, Common, Busta Rhymes, Salt-N-Pepa, En Vogue, Wynton Marsalis. In 2014, Grimes received the Astaire Award for Outstanding Performer in a Broadway Show.


Broadway: Kiss of the Spider Woman, Rent, Carousel, Marie Christine, The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm and Shuffle Along. Other credits include Children of Eden (Paper Mill Playhouse), an Obie Award-winning performance in Running Man (Music-Theatre Group), Once On This Island (first national tour), The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Playwrights Horizons), Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel (Alliance Theatre) and As You Like It (Delacorte/Public Theater). Recent TV: Dietland. Concerts/Recordings: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, Disney Concert Hall, Kennedy Center and numerous symphonies.  His recordings include Quiet Please (Bridge Records), Day Dream: Variations on Strayhorn (PS Classics), and many original cast recordings. Darius is honored to serve on the International Board of Directors for Covenant House serving homeless youth throughout the U.S. and South America. He is also excited to be returning to St. Louis in October 2018 performing his concert, A Bernstein Thing, celebrating The Leonard Bernstein centennial, for The Cabaret Project of St. Louis (at the Ferring Jazz Bistro). Please visit

JAMES T. LANE (Tinman)

is thrilled to return to The Muny after portraying Sebastian in The Little Mermaid last summer. West End credits include: The Scottsboro Boys (Ozie/Ruby, Young Vic), A Chorus Line (Richie). Broadway: King Kong the Musical (coming fall of 2018), The Scottsboro Boys, Chicago and A Chorus Line. National tours: Jersey Boys (Barry Belson), Cinderella, Fame The Musical (Tyrone Jackson). Regional: Grand Hotel (Jimmy Two, Encores!), Kiss Me, Kate (Paul, Old Globe); Once On This Island (Papa Ge, Olney Theatre), The Wiz (Scarecrow, Dallas Theater Center). Concerts: The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Ottawa Symphony, Naples Symphony, Cleveland Symphony and Baltimore Symphony. @JamesTLane

E. FAYE BUTLER (Addaperle/Evillene)

Muny: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Most recently: the world premiere of Last Stop on Market Street (Chicago Children’s Theatre). Other select regional credits include: Follies (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Chicago (Drury Lane Oak Brook). She has performed in over 50 regional theatres across the country and internationally from Cuba to France. National tours: Mamma Mia!Ain’t Misbehavin’NunsenseNunsense II, Dinah Was, Don’t Bother MeI Can’t Cope. Awards: six Jefferson, two Helen Hayes, four Black Theater Alliance, RAMI, Barrymore, Excellence in The Arts, After Dark, Ovation, Kathryn V. Lamkey, Sarah Siddons, Black Excellence, Guy Adkins, 2016 Rosetta LeNoire, Lunt-Fontanne Fellow, National Museum of Women in the Arts inductee. CD: A Circle of Firsts. She performs across the country in concert with her orchestra, EFO. Upcoming: Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC) and Gypsy (Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago). Proud AEA Member.


is a vocal powerhouse who is widely known for her role as Janine Payne on the hit TBS sitcom Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. She can currently be seen as a series regular on the breakout hits Saints & Sinners and The Quad. Recently, McKinney wowed audiences with her portrayal of Whitney Houston in the TV One’s original film Bobbi Kristina. McKinney was also a cast member on Bravo TV’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta (seasons 7 and 8). In October 2017, she released her debut album Officially Yours, featuring the single “Easy,” which was a top 5 hit on Billboard & Urban AC radio charts. Demetria has also opened for R&B mainstays such as BBD, Tank, R. Kelly and Fantasia. Her numerous film and television credits include Being Mary Jane, Chicago Med, and many more.

Akilah Ayanna


Rhaamell Burke-Missouri


Kevin Curtis


Chloé Davis


Timothy L. Edwards


Chavon Hampton


Cameron Anika Hill


Karma Jenkins


Amber Pickens


Malaiyka Amiyna Reid


Allysa Shorte


Donald Shorter


Voltaire Wade-Greene


Sir Brock Warren


Nathaniel J. Washington


Brion Marquis Watson


Creative Team

DENIS JONES (Director)

returns to The Muny, having served as director/choreographer for A Chorus Line (2017), 42nd Street (St. Louis Theater Circle Award, 2016), Grease (2014), Spamalot (2013), Chicago (2012) and as choreographer for Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (2015) and Pirates! (2012). Broadway: Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Chita nominations) and Honeymoon in Vegas. Other recent credits: Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical (Dallas Theater Center), Paint Your Wagon (New York City Center Encores!), The Tempest (NY Shakespeare Festival), A Funny Thing Happened… (Two River/Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Sound of Music (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story (NY Signature, Lortel nomination, Callaway finalist), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Goodspeed), Rothschild & Sons (The York), Mary Poppins (Paper Mill) and Crazy for You (DC Signature).

CAMILLE A. BROWN (Choreographer)

Broadway: Pal Joey (2018 revival), Once On This Island (2017 revival), A Streetcar Named Desire. Off-Broadway: Fortress of Solitude (Public Theater, Lortel nomination). Regional: ink at The Kennedy Center (2017 world premiere), Bella: An American Tall Tale (AUDELCO Award) and Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Center), Blood Quilt (Arena Stage), Cabin in the Sky and Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick…BOOM! (New York City Center Encores!) starring Lin-Manuel Miranda. Company: Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Awards: Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow, Princess Grace Statue Award, Jacob’s Pillow, Guggenheim Fellowship, Bessie Award, USA Fellow, Doris Duke Artist, TED Fellow.


The Color Purple (2015 Broadway revival tour), Motown The Musical (Broadway, national tour), Wicked (Pantages Theater, substitute conductor), Memphis (Broadway tour), Dreamgirls (national tour, associate conductor); Disney’s The Lion King (Broadway tour, vocal coach/assistant conductor), Dear World (Valley Performing Arts Center), Jonathan Dove’s Innocence (Banff Centre and Manhattan Theatre Club); Two By Two, How To Succeed…, The Fantasticks, Once On This Island, Li’l Abner (Reprise), Great Expectations, My Fair Lady, 1776, Camelot, and Forever Plaid (Utah Shakespeare Festival), A Hollywood Holiday Celebration (ABC), The Fountain Show and Christmas Trolley Show (LA’s The Grove).

Edward E. Haynes Jr. (Scenic Design)

Leon Dobkowski (Costume Design)

Rob Denton (Lighting Design)

John Shivers (Sound Design)

David Patridge (Sound Design)

Greg Emetaz (Video Design)

Leah J. Loukas (Wig Design)

William Berloni Theatrical Animals, Inc. (Animal Trainer)

Nancy Uffner (Production Stage Mananger)